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Community solar has experienced enormous growth across the country over the past few years. From 2016 to 2019, the total capacity leapt from roughly 300 to 1400 megawatts (MW), more than quadrupling the supply. By 2020, community solar could reach between a third and a half of the total distributed PV market, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Most of that capacity and growth is in rural areas, but increasingly, urban rooftops offer an opportunity for solar development and could be the key to its diversification.

New York is a leader in the growth and development of the community solar market thanks to the NY-Sun Initiative, which gave the sector a $1bn boost. Enough community solar to supply an additional 120,000 homes is slated for development in the State. Governor Cuomo also recently increased the size cap on community solar projects from 2 to 5 MW, increasing the number of available household subscriptions from roughly 360 to 900, so individual projects can expand their reach.

With all of this new solar power available, policy leaders are concerned that not all income groups benefit from it equally…

Read the full article about community solar for low-income households.